Jason Pearson, a veteran comics artist best known for his creator-owned book Body Bags, has died. He was 52 years old. According to reports that emerged last night, Pearson may have passed away in December, with a statement from his family suggesting that Pearson passed away on December 19. The cause of death was reportedly a heart attack. After word of his death reached social media, fellow comics creators started to eulogize the artist, celebrating his work and reminiscing about their experiences with Pearson.
Pearson, born in 1970, was one of the founding members of the Atlanta-based Gaijin Studios. He broke into comics with a Starman issue in 1991, and would go on to work on a number of high profile books including Spider-Man and Deadpool over the course of his career. Keith Giffen, who worked on the Starman issue, became a mentor and collaborator to Pearson, working with him on Legion of Super-Heroes, his first regular gig for the Big Two.